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Five Seconds of Masonic: How Trader Joe’s Shoppers Play a Deadly Game of Frogger Every Day – And No One CaresTuesday, October 13th, 2015
And here’s the caboose of this jaywalking / jay-running train:
I’ve been tilting at this windmill for a while now. At first on SFist back about 2007 or so and then on this tiny blog. The first TJ’s shopper death came a few years back. The next will come tomorrow or next year or in another five years, something like that.
What’s that, the speed limit here is 25 MPH and cars come through “speeding” all the time? Well, not really. Average speed for southbound traffic is fairly low. And for northbound, it’s not all that fast either. And oh, the limit on this stretch of Masonic is 30 MPH.
What’s that, Planning and DPW and the all-knowing, all-seeing SFMTA have a plan for Masonic and it’s coming soon? Well, not really. The project wasn’t as “shovel-ready as promised so they’ve loaned the Masonic-designated pork for other stuff. A “new” Masonic will eventually come, but not above Geary and TJ’s and all the photos you can see are all from north of Geary.
That’s the update for 2015.
SFGov and Traders Joe’s Both are In Denial of This Persistent Jaywalking Problem at the First Block of MasonicFriday, July 31st, 2015
I suppose I’ve been harping on this issue over the years.
Who created this problem? SFGOV, including the Planning Department, for starters.
Who can do a better job of fixing things? SFGOV, including the SFMTA, for starters. And IDK, SFPD and DPW? And Trader Joe’s as well.
Here’s a recent example, just a couple of Bros on the west side of Masonic wanting to get to a parked car on the east side, just above the SFMTA’s Presidio Yard. (Note that they might not even be TJ’s customers, but their transit across four lanes of traffic is at the same place where shoppers do it.)
All these southbound cars have stopped for the red light at Geary. So far, so good:
But uh oh, cars are now coming up from Geary in the northbound lanes – it’s time to rethink and try again later:
Or, in this case, spend 2.5 minutes going down the hill to Geary, wait for the green light, and then ascend back up Masonic.
This is the choice people face. Sometimes they err and get hit by a car.
I’ll tell you, if you look at the death rate in Frisco due to earthquakes the past century vs. the death rates of Trader Joe’s shoppers jaywalking in front of TJ#100 the past decade or so, they’re about the same.
What can SFGov and TJ’s do now to fix things, to account for Human Nature?
CHIPOTLE Opens in the Great Middle of Frisco: July 2, 2015 at Geary and Masonic – Mervyn’s Heights Will Never Be The SameWednesday, July 1st, 2015
Who knows, maybe they‘ve soft opened already by this late date? IDK.
Here’s all I know about this “Mexican” “Restaurant”
Chipotle Mexican Grill
2675 Geary Blvd San Francisco, CA 94118
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Anyway, here’s what it looked like a week ago, complete with acres of free parking right out front:
Speaking of which, man this place is going to be hard to get to – nobody would purposefully design the streets around City Centre Mall the way they are these days. First came Sears and then came the rise of the millionaire NIMBY neighbors (yes even here, in this bleak place) and then you mix in five decades of random happenstance, and then you’ll end up with a rat-maze of one-way streets and left-turn onlys.
Here’s the map:
If you’re at Geary and Mason, simply enter Target, take the escalator upstairs, exit Target and then take the Great Chipotle Tunnel past the Panera Bread and boom, there you go.
Bon Courage, I guess.
Old People, They’re Just Like Us! – Taking the 21 Hayes to a Safeway in the Inner Richmond Near Golden Gate Park – In 1938Friday, June 19th, 2015
Here it is, a crop from your Western Neighborhoods Project, the OutsideLands.Org
“21 Hayes line streetcar on Fulton Street at 5th Avenue, with Safeway grocery in 1938.
Courtesy of Jack Tillmany link to this image…“
Of course, the Safeway is now a Lifestyle Store, and it’s moved a few blocks out, and the 21 Hayes is a bus line now, and the 21H doesn’t make it all the way out to 6th Avenue no mo, but even so, this is pretty close, IMO.
Our Former Honey Baked Ham Store at 2190 Geary Near Divisadero Should Be a Medical Building, But What It Is is EMPTY – For Years!Friday, May 8th, 2015
The only time I hear about Geary and Divisadero, the Great Crossroads of the Western Addition, is when crime occurs on a MUNI bus or at a MUNI bus stop.
And imagine trying to make money slinging hams at this windswept location with no parking.
Somebody should do something with this place, is all I’m saying:
City Target at Geary and Masonic is So Attractive to Drivers, Lots of Them are Making Illegal U-Turns to Get ThereTuesday, May 5th, 2015
Here’s the sitch – drivers southbound on Masonic south of Geary want to get to the City Target lower level parking lot.
Here we go, looking south, with City Target to the left and behind a bit, so drivers need to make a U-turn at the light:
To help with this, our SFMTA rigged the traffic signals (which were paid for by Target, BTW) to start the green light phase of Masonic with a left-only signal for southbound traffic only, allowing one, two, three, or four cars to make a left or hang a Louie, depending on how alert the drivers are.
However, drivers who aren’t at the start of the queue know that it’s simpler and faster to make the U-turn further north, as this car just did:
So now we’re looking north, Gentle Readers, in all the rest of the shots – Tar-GHEY du Ci-TAY is to the right.
So the question is whether this is an illegal turn over the double yellows…
This sedan is making a legal left to go east on Anza as the Jeep in the background is making an illegal U to get to City Target:
I saw three drivers do this in about ten seconds the other day. I’m thinking it’s illegal but drivers are unlikely to get busted for doing it.
Now the bonus part about making a U-turn to use the lower lot is that it’s easier to find parking there and it’s generally easier to exit from, depending on where you’re heading after your shopping session.
I’ll say that once you’ve gone past the lowest parking level, getting out of the City Centre mall and back on your way can be convoluted – like even the best path might appear to be the “wrong” way to go.
Of course, nobody would design a system such as this – it’s just an accident of history. The question is how to handle things.
IMO, the SFMTA handled this sitch the wrong way.